Crafting Titles

Crafting Titles

by Elizabeth Lyon

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Novelists throughout history struggled to find their titles. They, like us, began with a "working title," often considering several possibilities before landing on one that fits.

Titles do matter. When you arrive at the right one, everything falls into place. Titles represent what is important in a story, and they convey a tone, an emotion, and sometimes a genre. Titles entice readers or drive them away.

Analyzing classic and contemporary fiction, from all genres, Elizabeth Lyon decodes why an author's finished title is better than alternatives.

Lyon explains when to consider a character name, a place, a date, a theme, or something else. Crafting Titles identifies keywords that telegraph genre titles and how to find a brand for a series. Imagery and quotations, word patterns and devices. By the end of the process, you'll understand how to confidently choose the best titles for your stories.

Writing Subtext is booklet #1 in this series.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151392907
Publisher: Elizabeth Lyon
Publication date: 06/16/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 670 KB

About the Author

A writing teacher and book editor since 1988, Elizabeth Lyon is the author of half a dozen books on how to write, revise, and market novels and nonfiction. In 2013, she launched a booklet series to explore one topic at a time in greater depth. Booklet #1 is Writing Subtext. Booklet #2 is Crafting Titles.

A reviewer for The Writer magazine selected Manuscript Makeover as one of “8 Great Writing Books in 2008,” and described it as “perhaps the most comprehensive book on revising fiction.” Lyon is also the author of The Sell Your Novel Tool Kit, Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write, and others.

Editing clients and students have sold their books to small, mid-sized, and large publishers; others have self-published. Elizabeth has long urged writers to complete the artistic circle, from idea to book to readers, whether by traditional publishing or on their own.

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